Praised for its “breathtaking intonation and stunning musicality,” The Choral Scholars has established itself as one of West Michigan’s premiere chamber ensembles. With repertoire spanning a variety of sacred and secular genres, the group has performed in concert series and festivals throughout the region, as well as giving giving several of its own concerts each year.
The members of The Choral Scholars all currently live and work in West Michigan, and are involved with several other community ensembles. To date, the group has released two full-length recordings: Gaudeamus (2007) and Sing Joyfully (2014), as well as two recordings with the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship: Global Songs for Worship (2010) and Cry Out to God! (2012).
- September 14, 2016
We’re excited to welcome our newest member, Rebecca Jordan Heys. She is taking the place of long-time alto Carla Joy Strand. While we miss Carla Joy, we are excited to have Rebecca join The Choral Scholars.
- January 10, 2016
We’re excited to officially welcome Ashley Lomasney and David Krieger to The Choral Scholars. Ashley has taken the place of soprano Claire Veltkamp, and David has replaced baritone Jason Reiffer.
- November 13, 2014
The Choral Scholars originally consisted of four paid singers—Choral Scholars—at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids. When those four singers decided to form an independent group, they recruited four others to form an octet. In the fall of 2010, the group added an additional alto and bass, bringing the roster to ten. This fall, we’re growing again: We’re now a group of twelve, having added a soprano and tenor. With the addition of a new bass to fill a vacancy left by a departing member, we have three new faces that we’re very excited to introduce.
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